from "Dear Taxpayer" by Will Manley in , May 1, 1993.

3 Surprising statement: A surprising statement is a favoriteintroductory technique of professional writers. There are manyways a statement can surprise a reader. Sometimes thestatement is surprising because it is disgusting. Sometimes it isjoyful. Sometimes it is shocking. Sometimes it is surprisingbecause of who said it. Sometimes it is surprising because itincludes profanity. Professional writers have honed thistechnique to a fine edge. It is not used as much as the first twopatterns, but it is used.

from "The Tuition Tap" by Tim Lindemuth in , February, 1994.


Introductions are very important.

This order of introduction elements is not set in stone, however. Sometimes the thesis statement is followed by a breakdown of the essay's structure and organisation. Ultimately, you must adapt the order to suit the needs of each particular essay.

Read the following description of the parts.

An introduction often ends on the thesis statement. It begins with a broad statement and gradually narrows down until it directly addresses the question:

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gets your reader's attention, 2.

First, admit that it is impossible to say or do or writeanything that will interest everybody. With that out of the way,the question then becomes: "What can a writer do that will securethe interest of a fair sized audience?"

The introduction to an essay has three primary objectives:

4 Famous person: People like to know what celebrities say anddo. Dropping the name of a famous person at the beginning of apaper usually gets the reader's attention. It may be somethingthat person said or something he or she did that can be presentedas an interest grabber. You may just mention the famous person'sname to get the reader's interest. The famous person may be deador alive. The famous person may be a good person like the Pope,or he or she may be a bad person like John Wilkes Booth. Ofcourse, bringing up this person's name must be relevant to thetopic. Even though the statement or action may not be readily relevant, a clever writer can convince the reader that it isrelevant.

presents your stance on the topic (thesis).Introduction.

It will then put forward reasons for the introduction of laws which prohibit these unnecessary and cruel institutions.
A simple introduction to an argumentative assignment has four parts.

In the next two sections of this unit you will learn how to write an introduction and a conclusion.

A classic format for compositions is the five-paragraph essay.

These patterns can give a "lift" to your writing. Practicethem. Try using two or three different patternsfor your introductory paragraph and see which introductoryparagraph is best; it's often a delicate matter of tone and of knowing who your audience is. Do not forget, though, that your introductoryparagraph should also include a thesis statement to let your readerknow what your topic is and what you are going to say about thattopic.

The introduction gives the reader his/her first impression of the text.

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for the first part draw a circle around the sentence(s) that introduce(s) the topic and write "1" in the margin next to it.Check your answer

Now put the following sentences into the correct order.

Lets look again at the introduction from the model essay on Marine Parks:

A good introduction will show the essay might just scrape a pass.

The second task can be accomplished by a carefullycrafted . Writing thesis statements can belearned rather quickly. The first task — securing the reader'sinterest — is more difficult. It is this task that this discussionaddresses.